@**article**{RISC4408,author = {Stavros Garoufalidis and Christoph Koutschan},

title = {{The non-commutative A-polynomial of (-2,3,n) pretzel knots}},

language = {english},

abstract = {We study q-holonomic sequences that arise as the colored Jones polynomial of knots in 3-space. The minimal-order recurrence for such a sequence is called the (non-commutative) A-polynomial of a knot. Using the method of guessing, we obtain this polynomial explicitly for the K_p=(-2,3,3+2p) pretzel knots for p=-5, ..., 5. This is a particularly interesting family since the pairs (K_p, -K_{-p}) are geometrically similar (in particular, scissors congruent) with similar character varieties. Our computation of the
non-commutative A-polynomial (a) complements the computation of the A-polynomial of the pretzel knots done by the first author and Mattman, (b) supports the AJ Conjecture for knots with reducible A-polynomial and (c) numerically computes the Kashaev invariant of pretzel knots in linear time. In a later publication, we will use the numerical computation of the Kashaev invariant
to numerically verify the Volume Conjecture for the above mentioned pretzel knots.},

journal = {Experimental Mathematics},

volume = {21},

number = {3},

pages = {241--251},

isbn_issn = {ISSN 1058-6458},

year = {2012},

refereed = {yes},

length = {11},

url = {http://www.risc.jku.at/people/ckoutsch/pretzel/}

}